Category Archives: Washington Post

Former offenders already face huge barriers. Housing shouldn’t be one of them.

If you serve your time, you should be able to fully reenter society. A home is a sanctuary. It is a place to replenish one’s soul and renew one’s spirit after facing the challenges of the outside world. The existence of such a respite is especially important for people who are reentering our communities from […]
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Trump administration backs full repeal of Affordable Care Act in legal reversal

The case is currently pending before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a significant shift, the Justice Department now says that it backs a full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama-era health law. It presented its position in a legal filing Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in […]
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Staffing shortage at Education Department’s loan default units frustrates struggling borrowers 

Security clearance delays is keeping the federal agency from filling out the ranks of a division that handles defaulted federal student loans. The first time Tiffany McDowell, 36, called the U.S. Education Department in February, she was quoted an estimated wait time of 50 minutes. Frantic to get answers about why her nearly $9,500 tax […]
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Rockland County measles emergency: New York county bans unvaccinated children from public

A county in New York has banned unvaccinated children from all public spaces as the state battles its largest measles outbreak in decades. Officials in Rockland County declared a state of emergency Tuesday, announcing that the ban would begin at midnight and remain in place for 30 days, or until unvaccinated minors receive the measles, […]
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The opioid epidemic has turned white grandparents into the new social safety net

American grandparents have long raised their grandkids when their children are unfit or unable to do so. They took over child care during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, especially among African American families. Now grandparents are stepping up again, Census Bureau data shows. This time, the burden is largely shifting to low-income white […]
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Facebook, Google and other big tech giants are about to face a ‘reckoning,’ state attorneys general warn

Some of the country’s most influential state attorneys general are signaling they’re willing to take action against Facebook, Google and other tech giants, warning that the companies have grown too big and powerful — and that Washington has been too slow to respond. For many of these top law enforcement officials, the fear is that […]
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The costs of failing to immunize children are staggering. Just ask one young boy in Oregon.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old was hospitalized for more than a month in a hospital at a cost of more than $800,000 after he contracted tetanus. A Ttetanus vaccine shot costs about $30 a dose. Five doses are enough to prevent a child from contracting the disease, which means immunization runs whoever is paying for care $150. […]
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Most states have the death penalty. Few actually carry out executions.

California’s moratorium on executions highlights a growing resistance to the death penalty in many states. The execution chamber at the San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has never been used, an $853,000 facility that has sat empty for more than a decade. After a federal judge assailed the old chamber as dimly lit and […]
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Measles outbreak: Unvaccinated children can’t return to New York school, federal judge rules 

Across New York, there have been more than 300 confirmed measles cases, but the parents still believe the exclusion order is causing them and their children “irreparable harm.” In a county at the epicenter of New York’s worst measles outbreak in decades, a group of parents are pushing to get their children back in school. […]
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Measles outbreak: Washington health secretary calls for national campaign to combat anti-vaxxers 

Sen. Rand Paul was the only speaker to raise the issue of ‘liberty’ over safety. A Senate panel warned lawmakers Tuesday about the dangers of false information about vaccines and called for a national campaign, similar to the one against smoking, to counter the public health threat posed by anti-vaccine groups. Virtually all the witnesses and members […]
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